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National Study Shows MCGHealth Among the Top 100 for Patient Safety, Quality

Augusta, GA

MCGHealth is among the top 100 hospitals in the nation in patient safety and quality of care according to the "Thomson 100 Top Hospitals® National Benchmarks for Success" study, which annually examines the performance levels of U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies the 100 benchmark hospitals based on the two most recent years of data. The winners from the 15th edition of the study were announced in the March 17, 2008, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The study finds that the 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates and more complication-free patients, all while maintaining financial stability. Further, the study estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those at the winning hospitals:

  • More than 120,000 additional patients would survive each year
  • There would be 138,000 fewer patient complications each year
  • Expenses would decline by an aggregate $6.23 billion a year
  • The hospital stay for the average patient would decrease by more than half a day

"What does it take to be among the top 100 hospitals in the nation? It takes three things: outstanding clinical quality, well-run operations and responsible financial management. Sounds easy, but it isn’t. Our goal has been to earn our place on this prestigious list ever since we were first named in 2003, with emphasis on ‘earn’. Our faculty and staff must be very proud of themselves and rightly so because this is the top award in health care," said Don Snell, President and CEO of MCGHealth.

MCGHealth is one of 15 major teaching hospitals named to the list for 2007 - the only medical center in Georgia to achieve this honor. "This achievement puts us in excellent company. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers are just a couple of the nationally recognized health care providers among our peers," Snell said.

Thomson identifies the selected hospitals on the basis of eight criteria:

  • Risk-adjusted mortality
  • Risk-adjusted complications
  • Risk-adjusted patient safety
  • Core measures score
  • Severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • Case mix- and wage-adjusted expense per discharge
  • Operating profit margin
  • Cash to total debt ratio

For more information on the 100 Top Hospitals study or to see a list of the 2007 winners, go to www.100tophospitals.com.

About MCGHealth
MCG Health, Inc. (d/b/a MCGHealth) is a not-for-profit corporation operating the MCGHealth Medical Center, MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center, the Georgia Radiation Therapy Center, and related outpatient facilities and services throughout the state. For more information, visit www.mcghealth.org.

About Thomson Healthcare
Thomson Healthcare is the leading provider of decision support solutions that help organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance. Thomson Healthcare products and services help clinicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies manage the cost and improve the quality of healthcare.

Thomson Healthcare is a part of The Thomson Corporation, a provider of value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of healthcare, law, tax, accounting, scientific research, and financial services. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). For more information, visit www.thomsonhealthcare.com.

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